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The Elfstones of Shannara

The Shannara Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Charles Keating
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys' seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to the crush their mission at any cost.

Thus continues the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.

©1982 Terry Brooks (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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What the?!

I'm disappointed to see that this book isn't available in an unabridged version after listening to the unabridged First King of Shannara and unabridged Sword of Shannara. Especially when it picks back up after this book with an unabridged Wishsong of Shannara. Seems like somebody dropped the ball on this one.

63 of 67 people found this review helpful

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Get the unabridged version...

Not a bad reading, but much is lost in the telling with this abridgement of the story. Get the unabridged version!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • LG
  • 10-03-16

THIS IS THE ABRIDGED VERSION

Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Charles Keating?

Yes

Would you recommend The Elfstones of Shannara to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes - the story itself is great, just make sure you get the unabridged version especially if you are trying to read it in conjunction with utilizing the audiobook.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Elfstones of Shannara?

None of them - I wanted to read the whole book and downloaded the abridged version by mistake.

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Abridged disappointment

For some reason this extremely short abridged version is all that Audible has available. Keating is great but this is just too short. Audible needs to get the unabridged version available again.

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Abridged books are lame

I've read the much of the series and wanted to refresh the whole series before reading the latest books, and I failed realize that this book is actually an Abridged version before purchasing. Call me old fashioned, but I love the details, especially when I don't have the time to sit down to read the whole book!

Please clearly note this book as an ABRIDGED version!

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ABRIDGED VERSION

I enjoyed listening to this book, but was surprised when it finished so quickly. I was very disappointed to discover that this is an abridged version and not the full novel. after looking, I seems that the unabridged version with Scott Brick is not available through audible.

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Abridged

I was unhappy to find that this was abridged. That SHOULD be in the title!

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great story, not a fan of the narrator

some of the voices the narrator uses are rather obnoxious, and I am not a fan of his reading style. could just be that I got used to the narrator for the first one though.

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It’s not good

25% of the book is left out don’t waste your money or time I don’t now why the rest are very good

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Very disappointing abridgement.<br />

The narration was great. The abridgement tore the soul out of the story. Dont waste your money.

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  • Kul Mahay
  • 10-15-16

Loved it!

I simply couldn't get enough of this book. Having read it several times in the past I wondered whether the audio version could keep me sufficiently engaged but it surpassed my expectations.

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  • Josh
  • 02-18-16

old fav

not that keen on the narrator but the story brought back all the childhood memories